It’s a busy Sunday in the NHL with eight games on tap. DraftKings has split the day into a five-game early slate and a three-game night slate. I’ve highlighted my top high-priced stack on each slate, as well as my favourite value stack of the day. Good luck!
J.T. Miller ($6,300)-Steven Stamkos ($7,300)-Nikita Kucherov ($8,000)
The Lightning will look to bounce-back in a matinee matchup with the Oilers on Sunday after being shut-out by the Bruins Saturday night. Leading the way will be the most recent iteration of Tampa’s top line with J.T. Miller on the wing with Stamkos and Kucherov. The three have played just 30 mins of 5v5 together since Miller’s arrival in Tampa Bay, but the numbers have been more than promising. They’ve posted a 58.46 CF% and are averaging 36 scoring chances per 60.
With the last change at his disposal, expect head coach Jon Cooper to match his second line against Connor McDavid and company, which should leave the Oilers’ second line to deal with Stamkos and Kucherov. Currently made up of Milan Lucic, Ryan Strome, and Jesse Puljujarvi, Edmonton 2 has no sizable sample to go off of, having played just 8 minutes together on the season. Puljujarvi and Lucic have struggled away from McDavid this season though, with a 30.77 GF% and 34 shots against per 60 to show for it. To say they will be hard-pressed to maintain Tampa 1 would be an understatement. It’s also worth nothing that starter Cam Talbot was in net for the Oilers last night, so it will more than likely be Al Montoya and his 0.895 SV% going for Edmonton today.
Rickard Rakell ($6,800)-Ryan Getzlaf ($7,000)-Corey Perry ($5,800)
The Ducks’ first line has been especially-productive of late, combining for 13 points (5G/8A) and 37 shots over their last five games. They boast a 59.38 GF% on the year and average over 30 scoring chances per 60. They’re poised to keep it going Sunday night against the Devils, who will have to battle through fatigue after playing in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Head coach Randy Carlyle is old-fashioned in the sense that he likes to match his second and third lines against the best of the opposition. If that rings true tonight, then Anaheim 1 should avoid going up against Taylor Hall for most of the evening, freeing them up to attack the depth of the Devils. Cory Schneider is projected to start for the Devils after Keith Kinkaid shut out the Kings last night. Schneider has struggled in the three games he’s played since returning from injury, allowing nine goals on 80 shots (.887 SV%). If you’re looking to add a defenceman to this stack, I recommend Brandon Montour ($4,600).
Andre Burakovsky ($3,600)-Nicklas Backstrom ($5,800)-T.J. Oshie ($5,000)
The Capitals’ second line has been extremely productive of late, yet they remain underpriced at just $14,400 for the full line-stack. The three boast a 56.94 SCF% on the year and have combined for 10 points (5G/5A) in their last two games. Unfortunately for DFS players, the injury to Evgeny Kuznetsov means there’s a possibility this line will be broken up come game-time with Backstrom moving back up to centre Washington 1. Of course, given how well they’ve played it’s possible Barry Trotz could opt to keep them together, but it’s a situation that you’ll want to monitor in warmups regardless. If Backstrom is moved expect Lars Eller to slide into his spot.
Either way you can expect the Flyers, who are on a back-to-back, to match their top line against Alexander Ovechkin, which leaves the second and third lines of Philadelphia for Washington 2. Neither Philly 2 or 3 are what you would call a shutdown line, as both surrender around 30 scoring chances per 60. You can let your budget dictate whether you should add John Carlson ($6,000) or Dmitry Orlov ($3,800) to this stack. The former plays on the first powerplay unit alongside Backstrom and Oshie, while the latter mans the second unit with Burakovsky.